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LeBron James: ‘I’ve got too many sneakers to sell’ for Nike to retire

LeBron James joked on Thursday that one of his myriad business interests in particular precludes him from contemplating retirement: “I’ve got too many sneakers to sell” for Nike to think about hanging up his high-tops.

James arguably is enjoying his finest seasons of his storied career. The fact that it’s coming in his 15th season — not to mention the considerable mileage amassed due to seven consecutive trips to the Finals — makes it all the more impressive.

But James after all just turned 33 in December and Father Time of course remains undefeated when it comes to athletes.

“The game will let you know when it’s over with,” James said in Toronto ahead of Thursday’s game against the Raptors, via “I kind of look at retiring for me as like getting engaged. I didn’t know if I was ready or not, but I just felt like it was the time. The timing was right, the vibe was right. Did I know I was ready for marriage? No. I never had nobody in my family that had been married before. So I had never experienced it. I definitely never had nobody in my family that played in the NBA and retired, so, it’ll be the same. We’ll see, we’ll see, but, right now I feel great.”

James boasts three NBA titles, four MVP awards and myriad other accolades. James on Thursday admitted — as he has stated before — his children will play a huge role in when he decides to retire.

“The only thing is with my kids getting older, that’s the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I’d like to,” James said. “I’ve got a 13-year-old son now (LeBron Jr.). He’s in the seventh grade. He’s a damn good basket player, too. On this road trip, I’ve already missed four of his games. That’s the thing that kind of sucks.

“I’ve got a 10-year-old boy (Bryce), 3-year-old girl (Zhuri). Daddy side kicks in sometimes. That will be a deciding factor in how long I want to play.”

That’s a much better reason than selling sneakers.